Guest Post by Reuben Reynoso
We’ve been lucky enough to work together with Reuben Reynoso a photographer, cameraman and traveler, who’s search for adventure and fun has taken him all over the world. He believes that travel is the best antidote to ignorance and that life should be enjoyed to its fullest. Please read his guest post from Lousiana below:
“Watch out for stingrays, they hide in the mud and hurt like crazy! If you get stung someone’s going to have to pee on you!” said the guide with a laugh.
I slid into the brackish Louisiana water with my camera in hand and those words ringing in my ear! I tried to look through the muddy water for any signs of stingrays, but I couldn’t see anything through the brown silt. I started shuffling along the bottom, hoping getting peed on was not in my future!
I was in Louisiana as a cameraman on a new fishing show and doing the “Stingray Shuffle” was only one of the adventures I experienced on that trip. I rode flat bottom speed-skiffs through the delta waters, had alligators show up at breakfast looking for handouts, fished in some amazingly beautiful waters and got to fully experience New Orleans, and it’s people!
While having breakfast the first morning, I happened to look up at the lake next to the restaurant we were eating at, and spotted what looked like three logs floating in the water. Except that these logs seemed to be heading towards me, against the current in the water!
I walked to the edge just as those logs surfaced and turned into alligators. They stopped a few feet from where I was standing, and as I eyeballed them, wondering if they were discussing a plan of attack, a gentleman in an old worn ball-cap and cajun accent walked up.
“They’s lookin’ for a handout,” the man nodded towards them. “They tame… kinda. This is too steep for them to climb… I think.”
I watched as they got closer to shore and I crouched down for a photo op. As I stood up, one came out of the water slowly, probably wondering why I wasn’t sharing my breakfast sandwich with him. That was my signal to leave.
Throughout the week we cruised around the delta waters in flat bottomed speed-skiffs, flying along shallow water, hunting for Red Fish, Louisiana’s favorite game fish. We motored around small canals, past fishing camps and houses that looked to be a throwback to earlier times.
On the third day, we filmed until the sun kissed the horizon and our boats raced back to port, trying to beat the encroaching darkness. The sky lit up in amazing pastels, the water reflecting the colors of the sky, and it simply took our breath away. Oil rigs could be seen in the distance, looking more like strange swamp trees rising out of the water. A lone fishing boat broke the color of the horizon as it headed out for a night of fishing. I looked around, amazed that this beauty could be found in our backyard.
Project: Reuben has been working as a cameraman on a new travel/fishing show, which has taken him to such exotic locales as the Amazon and Mexico, where he’s had the chance to document the local culture for his new project. His yet untitled project involves documenting the local people of the countries he visits to in order to show that we are, at our basic core, all alike, in the hopes of destroying stereotypes. He would like to thank Fjällräven for their continued support with his project.